This is one of those movies that is incredibly hard to review because going into the film cold is probably the best way to go, so I will do my best to not spoil or even get into the intricate twists and turns the plot makes, but if all you want to know is that it’s a time travel movie starring Ethan Hawke and based on a Heinlein story then stop reading now. Those who wish to continuing reading, don’t worry I will do my best to dance around anything that could spoil this movie for you.
The film follows the missions of a Temporal Agent played by Ethan Hawke who works for the mysterious Temporal Bureau that sends its agents through time to prevent major crimes. On a mission to stop an infamous terrorist known as the Fizzle Bomber, the Agent is able to stop the bomb from killing hundreds, but is severely burned and the bomber escapes. The Agent returns to his own time where doctors are able to do amazing surgery and facial reconstruction with the result being that the agent now looks a lot like Ethan Hawke.
“I distinctly remember asking for the George Clooney look.”
“A time traveler walks into a bar.”
Though a damn adorable freak.
A clue or maybe the orphanage just got that mobile from a Texas based educational company.
I’m not sure where the Hippocratic Oath sits on that one.
So if you like serious science fiction and enjoyed such films as Primer and Looper you will most likely get a huge kick out of Predestination.
Time Machine Note: How our protagonist in a time travel movie gets up and down the corridors of time has almost as infinite amount of designs as there are timelines; from the ornate time chairs of The Time Machine (1960) and Time After Time (1979) to the awesome Delorean from Back to the Future or in the case of Predestination where it can all fit inside a violin case. Regardless of their design I love them all, with maybe the exception of the Hot Tub variety.